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Health Across the Lifespan: Child and Family Health (10196.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Nursing


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This unit is the first of the Health Across the Lifespan units and sets the tone for learning about the human experience of health, illness and wellbeing. This unit introduces students to key concepts related to family and children from a family centred approach. Students explore theories essential for child and family nursing as well as identifying the multiple influences that impact family in Australia. Students consider therapeutic communication in relation to the child and family, examples to contextualise child and family nursing are drawn from the National health priorities.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Describe and apply theoretical approaches to child and family nursing;

2. Evaluate therapeutic communication strategies that can be used with, and for, the child and their family;

3. Describe stages of physical, emotional, cognitive and social development;

4. Analyse the influences of family, culture and environment on child and family health outcomes;

5. Recognise and articulate the complexities of nursing care in the context of Indigenous cultures and families/communities;

6. Use a family centred approach for caring for children in a variety of healthcare settings; and

7. Critically reflect upon the responsibilities of the nurse in delivering practice that is ethically and legally safe and appropriate.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours per week, consisting of 2 hour interactive workshop and 1 hour online pre-interactive workshop preparation.




Must be enrolled in 885AA/364JA Bachelor of Nursing or 365JA Bachelor of Nursing Advanced. Must be enrolled in or have already passed 10205 Integrating Nursing Concepts 3 OR 9046 Learning for Professional Practice 3.

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